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leiff 829 50 February 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM More Iomega Deals
My 1 tb iomega ego HD won't spin down when connected to my streamer media player. I don't like this. Can I take the hard drive out and put it into another enclosure I have that has esata port? I bought this about a year ago so I assume it's only usb2 right? It says iomegega eGo on top. On bottom it says:
pn/ 31907600
model RPHD-UGC
SN BFAA472391

As I understand from Iomega customer support ; Iomega enclosures do not have a built in sleep state. The spin down behavior would be controlled by either the enclosure or the device to which the drive connects to so putting this in my esata enclosure would fix spin down problem.
More compelling to me, i'd like to put this in my laptop for HTPC. Iomega support says they don't know what drive is in enclosure but they think it's sata and 5400 rpm.
Anyone know will it be difficult to safely remove drive from enclosure?

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This link shows it's a toshiba MK1059GSM 1tb 5400rpm drive with photos.
http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/05/...ard-drive/

It has somehow annoying partition setup and an autorun virtual drive program to keep user from removing encrytion/crap sofware it came with.
https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com...a_id/24749

Your drive is not in warranty according to
https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com...ubmitTime/
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mine is usb2 iomega so your links don't apply for me.
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Bump.
Ca n anyone tell me is it dangerous or a bad/good idea to try to take drive out of enclosure? And maybe to put drive in laptop?
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Bump.
Ca n anyone tell me is it dangerous or a bad/good idea to try to take drive out of enclosure? And maybe to put drive in laptop?
The only bad thing is you void your warranty and you may break something if you're not careful. With that said, I have taken apart my 1TB 2.5" Western Digital external just fine. Just be ware that standard notebook 2.5" drives are 9.5mm thick. Some of these externals also contain unusual sized drives that are 12.5mm thick which will not fit in your notebook.
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I should be able to tell if the harddrive is a 12.5 mm by looking at the enclosure right? mine looks like this even though it's older usb2 version. http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/05/...ard-drive/

Clearly not a 12.5mm thick drive right? What bothered me was when I asked iomega what drive was in it they said they don't know and that it could contain an ide not sata connector. I can't imagine that could be true could it? Anyway I'll post back here with the specs of hardrive once Iv'e opened it. (Screwdriver?)
Pherhaps you can advise me if it will be well suited for my HTPC laptop.
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I should be able to tell if the harddrive is a 12.5 mm by looking at the enclosure right? mine looks like this even though it's older usb2 version. http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/05/...ard-drive/

Clearly not a 12.5mm thick drive right? What bothered me was when I asked iomega what drive was in it they said they don't know and that it could contain an ide not sata connector. I can't imagine that could be true could it? Anyway I'll post back here with the specs of hardrive once Iv'e opened it. (Screwdriver?)
Pherhaps you can advise me if it will be well suited for my HTPC laptop.
I have never heard of a 2.5" 1TB IDE drive but I obviously don't want to make any guarantees here. The WD enclosure my drive came in was pretty thin so it was easy to tell what size drive was inside. I don't have the drive handy on me but according to Wikipedia the drive dimensions should be 69.85 mm x 9.5 mm x 100 mm. Check the thickness and length. There are thicker drives and WD makes a shorter external drive that is not standard SATA: http://forums.macresource.com/read.php?1,847084

Anyways I'm not trying to deter you as the cheapest way to get a 1TB drive would be to get a external for cheap ($60-70) and pull out the drive to use with your notebook. It sure beats paying $110+ for a OEM drive. I just wanted to let you know all the possibilities so you don't void your warranty not knowing it might not work. If you have the drive out you can easily try swapping it into your notebook to see if it fits. Just don't rush things and don't use excessive force. Good luck and let us know how it goes for you.
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Looks like your drive has been around for a while. There's a high chance it has a 12.5mm thick drive. I can't be too sure since I don't have your drive. From what teetee1 linked, that eGo came with a 12.5mm thick 1TB drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822149171

If you're looking to swap this to your notebook check the thickness of the enclosure. If it's thicker than 12.5mm then there's a good chance it won't fit in your notebook.

So why is the sleep timer important to you? I'm assuming you're connecting this to a media player? If so I would just leave it alone. IMO it's not worth the hassle/time/money to fiddle with it.

Might be helpful if you decide to disassemble still:
http://forum.hddguru.com/iomega-e...17509.html
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Thanks for link, Drive came out pretty easy I guess. The case is still usable and the controller Is still operable and removable from case.
It's s a Samsung Model: HM 100UI 1 TB/5400 rpm/8M.

Unfortunantly it's a 12.5 mm. Oh well.
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Thanks for link, Drive came out pretty easy I guess. The case is still usable and the controller Is still operable and removable from case.
It's s a Samsung Model: HM 100UI 1 TB/5400 rpm/8M.

Good candidate for my HTPC laptop? Also on the drive it says Advanced format drive: XP users use samsung align tool to operate full performance. Any one know is there anything I should be doing to prepare this drive for my w7 x64 bit install? Head alignment ect...? I'm considering 33 gb for OS partition and alocate the rest for a data partition.
Newegg says it's a 12.5mm thick drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822152242

Since it's out you might as well see if you can put it in your notebook. Your old notebook drive was probably 5400 RPM as well so I doubt it'll be slower. As for whether or not you need to do anything to prepare it for use, it'll work just fine with Windows 7.
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